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Kudos to Kent Companies Texas
Safety Manager Carson Greenlee reported that August 20th marked ONE YEAR since the last lost time injury in Texas. Keep up the positive momentum!
Save the Date – Make it Happen Employee Appreciation Meetings
We’re getting ready for our annual employee appreciation meetings in late September. This event is an annual tradition where share company news and major accomplishments. We also recognize employee service anniversaries.
When you arrive, you’ll be treated to a hot meal, and there are door prizes and gifts for every attendee. Attendance is strongly encouraged. More information will follow, including our charity drive for the year.
Friday, September 27th, 11:00am-1:00pm
Dallas/Fort Worth Team:
Saturday, September 28th, 11:00am-1:00pm
Toolbox Talk: Back Injuries & Prevention
Back injuries are some of the most prevalent and hardest-to-prevent injuries on the job. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than one million workers suffer back injuries each year, and back injuries account for one of every five workplace injuries or illnesses. These types of injuries account for a large majority of worker’s compensation claims every year.
Back injuries often occur when:
- An individual is lifting up an object
- Using improper lifting techniques such as lifting with the back and not the legs
- Lifting an object that is too heavy for the individual
- Twisting while lifting or carrying objects
- Repetitive lifting during a work task
Ways to Prevent Back Injuries
Eliminate– The best way to protect individuals against back injuries is to eliminate as many lifts as possible during the work day. Using equipment such as forklifts, heavy equipment, dollies, etc. are the best way to achieve eliminating handling and lifting objects by hand. Break down large or heavy objects that pose a hazard when lifting into smaller safer loads when possible.
Engineering Controls– Setup work areas that are ergonomically friendly to all employees. Install mechanical lifting devices and conveyor belts where feasible to limit handling objects. Install proper shelving and setup storage areas that keep objects and lifts within an optimal range. Keeping objects within the proper range helps keep employees from making awkward or dangerous lifts that can result in a sprain.
Administrative Controls– Use the buddy system when lifting any awkward or heavy objects. Agree on weight limits for lifting. For example, having a policy to not lift anything over 100 lbs. as a team without first involving a supervisor to see if there is a safer way to complete the lift is an administrative control. Also, always select employees who are physically capable of making the lifts before the work begins.
Personal protective equipment such as back supports or back belts have not shown to be overly effective in preventing back injuries. These devices often create a false sense of security when completing lifts. Individuals should focus on stretching and using proper lifting techniques over using a back belt to keep them safe.
NEW! Safety Committees Launch in Redford and Ohio
We’re excited to announce the first safety committee meetings in Redford and Ohio this week! The local field teams are taking charge to help lead the development of safety programs in their own offices. We need perspectives and contributions from all members of the team so that our safety programs address the challenges and circumstances that you face every day. Stay tuned for more news and programs from these new committees!